This year’s CornFest will be at Gary Keith Civic Center Park, located at the corner of Marina Boulevard and Highway 95, on Friday, Oct. 26, from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 27, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Hosting the event is the Kiwanis Club of the Colorado River, which is also known in the community as the Noon Kiwanis Club. Living Waters Hospice is the sponsor of CornFest.
“Our whole focus is on family fun at a reasonable price,” said Ken Sondgeroth, chairman of the event.
He said CornFest attracted up to 10,000 people last year, and that the high interest in the event led to the decision to add back a second day after a few years of offering the event only for one day.
Volunteers, groups and others wanting to become involved with CornFest are invited to attend the next planning meeting on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. at the Farm Bureau, 2071 Highway 95.
“We still have room for anyone interested in helping,” Sondgeroth said.
Already signed on are a variety of food vendors, including The Hut, Diddy’s River Shack and the Mohave High School Culinary Arts program, which will be creating and selling baked goods. The Fort Mojave Indian Tribe will have expert Indian fry bread makers.
CornFest is one of the biggest fundraisers for community groups and schools. Last year, the average profit for game booths operated by each of these groups was often a minimum of $800. And this year these groups will have the opportunity to raise money for two days instead of just one, Sondgeroth pointed out.
The Anderson Ford Beer Garden will be doubled in size to 14,000 square feet and situated in the venue so parents can enjoy their brews inside the garden while still being able to keep an eye on their children.
Beer drinkers will be able to watch live entertainment on the stage from the garden as well. There will be tables, chair and,
for those who want keep with a farm mood, hay bales to sit on.
Anderson Ford is also running this year’s Cornhole Competition. There will be 64, two-person teams this year. Winners will receive prizes.
The Kids Zone will be expanded this year. Six bounce houses will be set up in the pumpkin patch. Other family friendly offerings include: pony rides, a petting zoo and a 7,500-square-feet Scare Zone.
Of course, there will be plenty of corn for festival-goers to enjoy. Wakimoto Farms is donating the Kiwanis Sweet Corn that will be prepared and served. Leftover corn will be donated to Praise Chapel’s Food for Families program.
The park is at at the corner of Marina Boulevard and Highway 95 in Bullhead City. Entry into the event is free. Some Kiwanis proceeds will be used to improve the Jim Ennes Memorial Event Center, the site in the park where CornFest will take place.
Noon Kiwanis members provide an array of contributions to local youths, schools, families and the community at large throughout the year.